On a backwards world with six moons, an alert spy reports on the doings of one Dr. Vosill, who has mysteriously become the personal physician to the king, despite being a foreigner and, even more unthinkably, a woman. Vosill has more enemies than she first realizes. But then she also has more remedies to hand than those who wish her ill can ever guess.
Elsewhere, in another...more
Iain M. Banks' books are packed with big, way-out-there moments. Grandmas explode, people wake up in rooms full of shit, ships run intentiona ...more
It’s definitely the most subtle of the Culture novels so far; so subtle in fact, that I fear a lot of readers aren’t grasping the scope of what it is about. I would suggest only reading this one after having read a few other culture novels prior and in close succession; it is very, very subtle but absolutely brilliant.
Told from the perspective of two very different characters, one a persona ...more
Mind you, I didn't quite pick up any definitive proof of actual Culture interference, mind you, because our PoV is actually from the apprentice to the good doctor who hailed from foreign parts, but I think the guess is a very good one, anyway. :)
The plot of Inversions is fairly straightforward - the book is really two interweaved novellas ...more
Note: The rest of this review has been withheld due to the ch ...more
4* Consider Phlebas (Culture, #1)
4* The Player of Games (Culture, #2)
4* Use of Weapons (Culture, #3)
4* The State of the Art (Culture, #4)
4* Excession (Culture, #5)
4* Inversions (Culture, #6)
TR Look to Windward (Culture, #7)
TR Matter (Culture, #8)
TR Surface Detail (Culture #9)
TR The Hydrogen Sonata (Culture #10)
For those who aren’t familiar with the premise to this one: the Culture is not mentioned by name at all in Inversions. On its surface, this is a split narrative on a pre-industrial planet. Alternating chapters follow Vosill, foreign doctor to the King Quience of Haspidus, and DeWar ...more
Género. Ciencia-Ficción (muy al fondo y porque pertenece a La Cultura).
Lo que nos cuenta. La doctora Vosill es el médico del rey de Haspide, pero aunque su práctica es inmaculada no es del agrado de muchos nobles de la corte, celosos de sus múltiples conocimientos en distintas disciplinas y que sospechan de sus orígenes poco claros en un territorio muy lejano. DeWar es el celoso guardaespaldas del líder del protectorado de ...more
Inversions is about so many worthy ideas, so many ideas that deserve serious consideration, and the book tackles each idea in ways that are both insightful and enjoyable for the reader. Yet this i ...more
Nomaļā planētā, kuru apspīd seši mēneši, spiegs raksta ziņojumu savam saimniekam par kādu dakteri Vosill, viņa dīvainā kārtā ir kļuvusi par vietējā karaļa ārstu un uzticamības ...more
Anyway. I didn't like Inversions quite as much as Banks' other work; this one was more slow-moving and sedate, and only really turned to Banks' perfect break-neck pace towards the very end. So do be prepared for a slow pace, mainly milling around daily life at court; nothing much actually happens, and it's mainly about character exploration, about fallible narrators, about perspective, about piecing together the puzzle and wonde ...more
I've found that my enjoyment of th ...more
If you haven't read any of the culture series books yet, you might enjoy this book, but you will miss all references to the overall series - which I think would be a pity because this is what the book is all about.
To fully appreciate the subtle nuances and hidden gems in it, i think it's better to have read at least some other Culture books, not because of any interlinked story but to appreciate the quiet hints dropped in it. De ...more
Two foreigners have risen to prominence in neighbouring countries on a low-tech (or low fantasy, if you prefer) world. One is a trusted bodyguard, the other a doctor in spite of local misogyny. Each has plenty to teach those who will listen to them, and each has a mission - which may ...more
Un relato sobre la lealtad, el engaño y lo relativo de los puntos de vista que se pueden tener sobre la valía de l ...more
Banks's father was an officer in the Admiralty and his mother was once a professional ice skater. Iain Banks was educated at the University of Stirling where he studied English Literature, Philosophy and Psychology. He moved to London and lived in the south of England until 1988 when he returned to Scotland, li ...more